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Mathews Maritime Heritage Trail

A lighthouse along the Mathews Maritime Heritage Trail

Mathews, Virginia

From its early history, the economic strength of Mathews has been tied to the sea. During the late 1700s and early 1800s, Mathews was one of the nation’s premier shipbuilding centers and a Port of Entry to the United States. Today, the wharfs and shipyards are silent, but the stories and landscapes of Mathews’ golden age are not forgotten. With assistance from the NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, the Mathews Maritime Foundation’s Heritage Trail will preserve history and nature along more than 200 miles of shoreline on the Chesapeake Bay’s tributary rivers, creeks, and coves.

Photo: A lighthouse along the planned Mathews Maritime Heritage Trail

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